Friday, July 15, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 10


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! You can find the fill-ins here or at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

We thank you for joining us each week. Your participation is very important. Sharing with you and getting to know you better through your answers is what it is all about. Please remember to visit everyone on the list. Thank you!

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. I prefer physical books to digital books. I like the feel of turning the pages in books, perhaps searching for something, or just savouring the story. Since very early childhood, for me, there is a feeling of security in holding a book.


2. Letting go was much harder than I expected. I pride myself on being loyal, but I am also a realist. While hope is a necessity in life, so is the ability to let go. When you have exhausted all possibilities, all that is left is “letting go”. Only you can decide when this applies to you and your given situation. This is what being a survivor is all about.

3. One way that I relax is to find a quiet place, get comfortable, and settle in with a good book. Perhaps this is also a guilty pleasure for me. Books have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. I plan to get back to reviewing a book once a week or so. I still read (always, avidly), so I will be reviewing books, again. Stay tuned.


4. Politics always makes me feel quite distressed. I am very passionate about my beliefs. I find it important to be well educated on current events, too. I listen to all sides in the political forums. However, I do not impose my beliefs or opinions on others and do not appreciate others trying to force theirs on me. Just because I don’t agree with you, it does not mean I don’t understand. Believe me, I do.  

~Books are full of surprises!~
Make time for some Summer reading!


Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments

42 comments:

  1. Great answers - particularly #4. I try to avoid the topics of religion and politics, but it seems like that is all over the news and even email. I'm particularly annoyed by all this fuss about black lives matter - Grizelda, do not be offended! IMHO, all lives matter, not just human lives., but all living things. Have a great day & don't turn on the news!

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    1. No offense taken. Grizelda & Chloe Jo know that ALL lives matter. We could not agree with you more. Hugs, my friend.

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  2. I really love your answers this week. I feel like I relate to all of them. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, too, and I am completely with you on #1. And I love that you always find the cutest graphics to go with your answers. Thank you for hosting this!

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    1. You are so sweet. I am so happy that you are a part of Friendly Friday. I appreciate your support! Hugs.

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  3. All of your answers are great, Annie. There's nothing quite like a *real* book to take one away to a land of adventure or a land of peace. It is a very inexpensive vacation. I love books, too, always have. :)

    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Suzanne, I am not surprised you feel this way! Hugs.

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  4. Like you, i've loved books since i was very young. Yes, if we disagree about something, let's just agree to disagree and move on, not try to force the issue.

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    1. You are wise, Mimi. I do agree with this. Hugs.

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  5. I love all your answers, as usual. We both relax with books. That's my way to escape for a few hours. The only difference is that I prefer my e-reader these days. Mostly because it's becoming harder and harder for me to read the print.

    I so agree about politics. I try not to get into discussions like that because so many people don't want to hear opposition and get offended if you don't agree with them. So, I stay away from it all.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. With my tri-focals, I can read, again. I know that before them, I was having a lot of trouble, too. I like my e-reader, but I truly prefer "real" books. They just feel right.

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  6. Those were fun answers! Spay and neuter all politicians!!!

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  7. I love your answers! I feel the same way about real books over e-books. I am glad you are going to be doing book reviews soon. That picture of the kitty popping out is too cute :) Thank you for co-hosting with me.Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Ellen. I appreciate your support. I could not do this without you. Hugs.

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  8. I love books too—always have. Even though I have an e-reader, I still prefer the physical book. I love the smell of books, bookstores, libraries . . . Politics and news about politics stress me too. Sometimes I have to just be a “headline reader” or turn off the radio—it’s not worth it to lose my peace.

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    1. I do the same with news; sometimes I skim it just to keep up. I use my ereader, as it is convenient. But, it does not replace books! Hugs.

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  9. you read that much? I used to do that but not so much lately. Images and art took over :)

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    1. Yes! I do read that much. But, I love and respect real art and artists, too. Hugs, Monica.

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  10. I like the print books, too. It makes it easier to hold up in a video for a video review. I do like my basic Kindle as well. I can take scores of books with me in one hand.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. I agree, David. The convenience of e-readers is wonderful. But, printed books is just so genuine. Thanks for being part of Friendly Fill-Ins.

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  11. Excellent answers. We love that last gif!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  12. McGuffy Ann, thanks for hosting the Friday Fill-ins fun. This is my first time joining in, since you started this little hop. I enjoyed your answers. Politics doesn't bother me, even when someone is on the other side. Try not to stress over it too much because I guarantee you're going to hear about on this subject in the next few months from others than you care to; some well meaning people who share because they care, like me, and others who just want to shove their views on you. Just let the negativity roll off your back like water on a duck's back. You'll find my answers near the bottom of today's very long post. Enjoy your weekend, my friend!

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    1. Cathy, I am so glad you are here! I agree with you on politics. We need strong, intelligent people who can be vocal in a positive way.

      I have had people that I thought were my friend shut me out because I would not agree. She never went through things that I have, but felt I do not "get it". I get it; I live it.

      Thanks, Cathy. You go for it. I agree with your beliefs. Hugs!

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  13. Hi you guys! We love your fill-ins! Those are some great answers. We think we'd love to join and do them too. We know we are a day late for this time... Hmmmmm..... Well, hugs to you all!

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  14. Hi Annie, I finally made it for the first time, hopefully not the last, but no promises.
    Your no. 2 doesn't sound so good, I hope you're o.k. I knew you'd prefer real paper books to digital. For me there is a spot, time for both of them. But, you are right, nothing beats the feel of paper in your hands.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    p.s. yes, the sARTurday linky is paused for summer, I'll still post, but I guess I should take the 'linky' out of the title :) Thank you.

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    1. Claudia, you are welcome any time! I am always happy to see you and visit with you. I will be back with sARTurday as soon as you have the linky up. I have been working on writing and joining memes for it. HUGS!

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  15. today, I shall answer;

    1) canned to kibble
    2) not talking about ME today
    3) hiding from boomer
    4) cash me

    hugs from dai$y =^..*=

    TA DA !!!!!!! ~~~~~~ waves two ewe surprize kitteh !!

    heerz two a yellowtail catfish kinda week oh end guys ~~~~ ♥♥♥♥

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    1. Ooh, Daisy. I am pleased to read your answers and honoured that you shared with us. HUGS!

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  16. I love the answers because mine echo yours almost to a T! I love physical books too. The feel of them in my hand...the sound of the paper as I turn the page..the smell of the books. old or new it does not matter to mew. Electronic books just have nothing evocative about them at all and I think they are too expensive really. (to me). Real books certainly are too but you're getting more to my mind. Just talkin'. As for political views, I sure have them. Will I tell them? No. Only when I vote.

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    1. Thanks for being here today. I am not surprised you feel that way about books and politics. Hugs.

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  17. I read digital books for a while, but I have decided I like real books better as well. I have been reading constantly since I was quite young, and though I do have some dyslexia, which makes me a very slow reader, it is probably my favorite pastime. I will try to answer your e-mail this weekend. Love and hugs, Janet

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    1. I use my e-reader, but it just does not feel right. I worry about the battery and have to keep charging it, etc. Real books are always there for me. And, I have a great book light, too. Hugs, my dear friend.

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  18. We have the same thoughts about books. My father took me to the library every two weeks from the time I was in kindergarten until I could go on my own when I was about ten. That was one of his best gifts to me.

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    1. I remember going to the library as a young kid growing up in Chicago. I also recall being able to go by myself as I got older. It was a long walk, but I took my satchel to carry the books home. It was so very worth it! Hugs, Patricia!

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  19. I so agree my friend... nothing like the weight of a good book in your hands. The feel and soft "whisp" of the page turning. Even the smell that lingers in the fibres. Nothing compares.

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  20. Thanks Anne for your excellent answers.For me the last one is so genuinely true for my self also.

    As regards books,I like both mediums equally. In fact, Reading om my kindle is more convenient for me.

    Thanks for your encouraging comment on my blog post!

    Hope that link to my post works this time!

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  21. I wish I had time to read a book. I haven't had quiet time to read a book in awhile! I do enjoy holding a physical book a lot more than a digital one.

    : )

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  22. I enjoyed your Fill-ins and could have answered the same thing! Totally relate to "letting go" this past week. Good Morning!

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  23. Politics make me queasy. I feel so helpless.

    I also enjoy physical books. Of course it's nice to fall asleep and not lose my place in an e-book, let alone reading without a lamp. Lately I've been going to the library for hardback books, though.

    Be well!

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  24. Finally I am here to read and comment! I have also been in love with books since I was old enough to sit on my mother's lap as she read to us. Books took me around the world, to magical places, and as a guest in lives that I knew nothing about. They were my key to life!

    I understand exactly about #2, the hardest thing is to know when it's time to fight for something and when it's time to let it go. I think peace comes when we know we made the right choice. Sometimes letting go is the only answer, even if we wish it wasn't.

    I agree that reading can offer us a peaceful place away from the stresses, struggles, and sadness that sometimes seems to be a bit overwhelming. We can shut all that down for awhile and get caught up in the tale between the pages, that can be really good medicine!

    Politics - giant UGH! I detest the ugliness it seems to bring out in people, we see the very worst instead of the best. Like you, I have my own beliefs, and I respect others but I don't want it filling up my FB page every single day with more negativity and divisiveness. I will be so glad when the election is over!

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